Friday, January 29, 2016

RIP - Walt Williams

1960s/70s White Sox outfielder Walt Williams passed away on January 23, 2016 at age 72.

Nicknamed "No Neck", Williams debuted with 10 games in early 1964 for the Houston Colt .45s, then passed through the Cardinals' organization before making the majors for good in 1967.

He was a starting outfielder for the ChiSox from 1967-1972, before finishing up his career with the Indians and Yankees from 1973-75.

After his release from the Yankees in early 1976, he played a few seasons in Japan.

Chicago Tribune obituary

New York Times obituary

Friday, January 22, 2016

RIP - Frank Sullivan

Longtime Boston Red Sox pitcher Frank Sullivan passed away on January 19, 2016 at age 85.

Sullivan was a mainstay in the Sox' rotation, pitching from 1953 to 1960, and was a 3-time opening-day starter. In 1955 he led the AL with 18 wins. Sullivan is also a member of the team's Hall of Fame.

Although pitching primarily in the 1950s, he finished his career with the Phillies (1961-62) and Twins (1962-63).

He spent the past 50 years living in Hawaii.

Boston Globe obituary


Sunday, January 10, 2016

RIP - Jay Ritchie

Jay Ritchie, who pitched in the majors for 3 clubs between 1964 and 1968, passed away on January 5, 2016 at age 79.

Ritchie pitched in the minors for 8 1/2 years before making his major-league debut with the Red Sox in August 1964.

Traded to the Braves after 1965, he played part of '66 and all of '67 with Atlanta. He also played for the Reds in 1968.

Despite pitching 44 games in 1965 and 52 games in 1967, this 1965 card was his last.


Friday, January 1, 2016

RIP - 2015 Re-cap

Summarizing the players from the 1960s who left us in 2015:

Also pitchers Hal Brown and Jack Spring.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

RIP - Frank Malzone

Former Red Sox' 3rd baseman Frank Malzone passed away on December 29, 2015 at age 85.

Malzone played for the Red Sox from 1955 to 1965 and was their regular 3rd baseman from '57 to '65. He finished 2nd in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 1957, and made the All-Star team 6 times.

Malzone wrapped up his career in 1966 with the California Angels.

After his playing career, Malzone was a scout for the Red Sox for 35 years.

In 1995 he was one of the first players inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Boston Herald obituary

USA Today obituary

Monday, December 28, 2015

RIP - Jim O'Toole

Former Reds and White Sox hurler Jim O' Toole passed away on December 26, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio at age 78.

After a 1-game cup of coffee in September 1958, O'Toole pitched for the Reds from 1959 to 1966. He won 19 games in 1961, and was the Reds' starting pitcher in games 1 and 4 in the World Series that season. O'Toole was also the NL's starting pitcher in the 1963 All-Star game.

In 1967 he played his final big-league season, with the White Sox. He pitched 1968 in the minors, then retired after an unsuccessful tryout with the expansion Seattle Pilots in the Spring of 1969.

He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1970.

Cincinnati Reds website

New York Times obituary

Jim O'Toole

Sunday, December 20, 2015

RIP - Hal Brown

Hal Brown, a knuckleballer who pitched for 5 teams from 1951-1964, passed away on December 17, 2015 at age 91.

Brown began his career with the White Sox, then played for the Red Sox for a few seasons until making his way to the Baltimore Orioles in July 1955.

The bulk of Brown's career was spent with the O's. His best season there was 1960, winning 12 games with an ERA of 3.06.

Brown played the final weeks of the '62 season for the Yankees, then wrapped up his career playing 2 seasons for the Houston Colt .45s.

 Greensboro, NC obituary


Sunday, December 13, 2015

RIP - Gus Gil

Late-60s/early-70s 2nd baseman Gus Gil passed away on December 8, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ at age 76.

Gil was signed by the Reds in 1959, and made his major-league debut for the Indians in early 1967. He was their starting 2nd baseman for the first month or so, then returned to the minors for the 2nd half of the season.

Most of his big-league time was from 1969-71, playing for the Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers.

He also played baseball in Venezuela from 1959 to 1977, and was inducted into the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Brewers fan's blog


Saturday, December 12, 2015

1960s Blog Hall of Fame Results (#7)

Oh right, we had a Hall of Fame ballot here a few months ago didn't we? Here are the results... 

A pair of slugging 3rd basemen made it in this time - the Braves' Eddie Mathews and the Cubs' Ron Santo.

They join the 25 others shown below. Each made it by receiving the minimum 75% of the votes. (Although the sidebar poll shows that Santo received 85% and Mathews only received 71%, one voter chose to vote using the comments. He voted for Mathews and not for Santo, leaving them with 75% each.)

Complete results:
8 voters participated this time. Three players received less that the minimum 15% to be retained for the next ballot.

(Click the "hall of fame ballot" label below to see all past results.) 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

RIP - Ken Johnson

Former 1960s' starting pitcher Ken Johnson passed away on November 21, 2015 at age 82.

Signed by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1952, Johnson pitched from 1958-70 for 7 teams, mostly the Kansas City Athletics, Houston Colt .45s, and the Atlanta Braves.

Johnson was the Colts' top starting pitcher for their first 3 seasons. In 1964 he pitched a no-hitter against the Reds, but lost 1-0. To date, he is the only pitcher to lose a no-hitter.

New York Times obituary

Fox Sports obituary

Sunday, November 8, 2015

RIP - Ed Sukla

Former Angels' relief pitcher Ed Sukla passed away on September 24, 2015 at age 72.

Sukla pitched in the minors every season from 1962 to 1975, and played for the Angels from September 1964 to May 1966.  In 1965 he won the first game in the Angels' new park in Anaheim.


(Sukla's card mate Jim McGlothlin passed away in 1975 from leukemia, 2 years after his final MLB season.)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

RIP - Barney Schultz

Barney Schultz -  a knuckle-balling relief pitcher for the Cubs and Cardinals in the early 1960s - passed away on September 6, 2015 at age 89.

Schultz pitched in 227 games, all in relief. He appeared briefly with the Cardinals (1955) and Tigers (1959), then found steady work in the Cubs' bullpen from 1961 to mid-1963.

His final stop was the Cardinals. Acquired in mid-season 1963, he was a key member of their bullpen in 1964, as the Cardinals passed the Phillies in the season's final week to clinch the NL pennant and win the World Series. Schultz recorded a 1.64 ERA that year.

He retired after the 1965 season, and was the Cardinals' pitching coach for a decade, and then briefly with the Cubs.

KMOX St. Louis obituary

SABR biography

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

RIP - Norm Siebern

Former AL 1st-baseman Norm Siebern passed away on October 30, 2015 in Naples, FL at age 82.

Siebern came up with the Yankees in 1956, and won a Gold Glove in 1958 as their left fielder. Traded to the Kansas City in the Roger Maris trade after the 1959 season, he switched to 1st base with the Athletics, and was a regular there for 4 seasons, making the All-Star game in '62 and '63.

Siebern was traded to the Orioles following the 1963 season, and was the Orioles' 1st-sacker for the next 2 years - also returning to the All-Star game in '64. Norm bounced from the Angels to the Giants to the Red Sox in his final 3 seasons, retiring midway through 1968.

I only caught the tail-end of his career, as a pinch-hitter for the Red Sox during their push to the 1967 World Series. Maybe CommishBob has some stories from Siebern's days with the Orioles.

New York Times obituary

Kansas City Star obituary

SABR biography

He was also on Facebook